Fun & Games in the CBD

urbantrailCouncil Officers have completed a study of the recreational needs within the Chatswood CBD.

In summary, the actions arising from the study are:

Underway/ completed in 2015/16:

  • Chatswood Oval – improved field floodlighting and player change room/ public toilet facilities.

Proposed in 2016/17:

  • Complete a new Chatswood Oval Precinct Master Plan.
  • Implement the new synthetic sports field & associated works at Chatswood High School.
  • Develop a CBD Urban Trails Strategy.
  • Integrate the CBD Recreation Needs Study 2016 into the Chatswood CBD Planning and Urban Design Strategy.
  • Review the CBD Recreation Needs Study 2016 after the North District Plan is released by the Greater Sydney Commission.

Mandarin lemon

Mandarin1Proponents of the Mandarin Centre have lodged a new planning proposal for the site. The new proposal  seeks to:

  • add shop top housing as an additional permitted use in Schedule 1 while retaining the Commercial Core B3 zoning for the site.
  • Increase the maximum height limit from 27m to 125.6 metres (RL 217.6).
  • Increase the permissible Floor Space Ratio from 2.5:1 to 11.37:1 (excluding affordable housing)

Council rejected the previous application to redevelop this site.

In relation to this latest application, Council Officers are recommending that it not be supported by Council..

 

 

Going to print

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The latest edition of the West Ward News goes to print next week in time to be delivered to households on the weekend before the election.

You can read an advance copy of the NEWS here: West Ward News June 2016.

This edition of the West Ward News contains articles about:

  • The status of the Council amalgamation
  • Proposed sale of land by Chatswood Golf Club for a seniors living complex
  • Update on the Sydney METRO construction
  • Details and contact numbers for candidates at the upcoming Federal election
  • Traffic calming proposals for Coolaroo and Dalrymple Avenues

News Bytes on the:

  • Church of Scientology
  • Traffic Lights at Hatfield Avenue
  • Upgrade proposals for Council reserves and parks
  • Illuminated signs on the Boundary St rail bridge

 

Coolaroo/Dalrymple Speed Humps

CoolarooHumpsOn 7 September 2015 Council resolved to adopt most of the recommendations of the Mowbray Road West Traffic Study.

This study was carried out by consultants PeopleTrans on behalf of Council.

One of the recommendations approved by Council was for the introduction of traffic calming measures in the form of a Local Area Traffic Management in Coolaroo Road and Dalrymple Avenue. It was noted within the Council resolution that the design of the LATM Scheme “will require considerable resident consultation, and there will be considerable cost involved to construct the devices”.

The PeopleTrans Study found that Coolaroo Road and Dalrymple Avenue are key routes for locals, but are also used as rat-runs by other drivers to avoid congestion on Mowbray Road West during the morning peak period.

In September 2015 PeopleTrans were commissioned by Council to undertake the concept design of the LATM measures on Coolaroo Road and Dalrymple Avenue. These measures were aimed at addressing the concerns of local residents regarding safety by reducing speed and aggressive driver behaviour on those roads.

On 19 November 2015 PeopleTrans conducted a workshop which was attended by two residents from Coolaroo Road and two residents from Dalrymple Avenue, as well as Council officers. The primary outcome of the workshop was to reach agreement on what the LATM scheme should achieve, and the location and type of LATM devices that should be introduced. At the meeting it was agreed that there were two main types of treatment that would be appropriate for Coolaroo Road and Dalrymple Avenue. These treatments were:

 Sinusoidal road humps

 One lane slow points

It was recommended that these devices need to be located such that they are not too far apart, (approx. 80m) if they are to be effective in reducing speeds along the whole street. Also, different types of devices may have varying impacts when used in combination. A sinusoidal road hump differs from a watts profile speed hump in that it has a smoother curved profile at its base where it meets the road. Therefore it is less severe when vehicles drive over it. For the one way slow points the study recommended that Give Way signs be installed so that right of way be given to traffic in one direction over the other direction. This is intended to reduce conflict issues related to right of way and improve the overall safety of the devices.For both sections of Coolaroo Road, this would mean that eastbound traffic would be required to give way to westbound traffic at the slow points. On Dalrymple Avenue northbound traffic would be required to give way to southbound traffic.

The advantages and disadvantages of the sinusoidal road humps are listed below:

 Effective in reducing speeds

 No loss of parking as drivers will be allowed to park their car on the road hump

 Sinusoidal hump has a preferred profile for cyclists compared to watts profile or flattop

 Would be cheaper to construct than one lane slow points

 Some increase in noise due to vehicles driving over the device, but anticipated to be within acceptable levels

The advantages and disadvantages of the one lane slow points are also listed below:

 Effective in reducing speeds

 Includes a bicycle bypass lane

 No increase in noise

 Some loss of on-street parking (11 spaces in Coolaroo Rd west, 9 in Coolaroo Rd east, 8 in Dalrymple Ave) T

here was also a 3rd option for the section of Coolaroo Road to the west of Greenlands Road. This option involved a combination of formalised parking spaces and road narrowing. However this option would result in the loss of 53 out of 76 available on-street parking spaces in this section of Coolaroo Road, so it was not considered acceptable.

In addition to the above devices, PeopleTrans also recommended a modified T-intersection where Coolaroo Road meets Dalrymple Avenue.

The PeopleTrans report found that the LATM options provided for Coolaroo Road and Dalrymple Avenue would achieve the key objective of reducing speed to below 40km/hr and improving resident amenity in these streets. It also found that the relative difference relating to speed reduction between the road humps and the slow points was marginal. The slow points would be better from aesthetic viewpoint, due to the opportunity for landscaping and the minimal noise impacts, however this needs to be weighed up against the loss of parking for this option.

OFFICER’S RECOMMENDATION

That Council consult with residents for their views on the proposed introduction of;

1. Sinusoidal speed humps, or

2. One lane slow points, to determine a preferred option for traffic calming devices in Coolaroo Road and Dalrymple Avenue.

When will it end?

The Federal Labour Opposition has promised $20 million to hold plebiscites for all Councils in NSW on the issue of amalgamations. The plebiscites would be for Councils yet to be merged, plus for those already merged.

Such plebiscites would not be binding on the Baird Government, who have labelled the initiative as ‘nothing but a stunt’.